a deeper look


Learn about our philosophy, doctrinal statement, FAQs, and history

Who We Are


Many groups work diligently to provide material help for the needy. There are also many whose work is to introduce people to God through faith In Christ. The Peninsula Rescue Mission is a ministry seeking to do both. We operate completely independent from the government in order that we might maintain our Christian distinctives.



The Peninsula Rescue Mission is an interdenominational organization seeking to work in cooperation with local churches in the ministry of the Gospel. The Mission’s work is based on a conservative, evangelical belief in the teaching of Scripture. The chief aim of the work is the winning of lost souls to Jesus Christ. Herein is the doctrinal position of the Peninsula Rescue Mission.


We believe the Bible to be the inerrant, infallible, inspired, authoritative word of God. This inspiration we hold to be verbal (word for word) and plenary (in every part). This inspiration extends to the original manuscripts, but God has preserved His Word for us (II Peter 1:21, II Timothy 3:16, I Peter 1:23, 25, Isaiah 40:8, Matthew 24:35, Psalm 119:89).


We believe in one God at once manifested in three Persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These members are equal in essence and co-eternal in existence. The three Persons operate in perfect unity and yet are distinct in office (Matthew 28:19, John 14:16& 26, 16:13-15).


We believe Jesus Christ existed from all eternity, was virgin-born, lived sinlessly, died for the sins of every child of Adam, and rose bodily, victorious over sin, Satan, death, hell and the grave. Christ is now seated bodily at the right hand of God and is the Head of the Church (John 1:1, Matthew 1:18, II Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 2:9, Romans 4:25, I Timothy 2:5, Ephesians 1:22,23).


We believe that God created Adam innocent from sin. By his own choice, Adam sinned and plunged the whole race into a state of spiritual death. This condition can only be remedied by faith in Jesus Christ and His shed blood (Genesis 1:26, 3:6, 7, Romans 5:12).


We believe that salvation (deliverance from sin and its consequences) is wholly of God’s grace, received by faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8, Acts 16:31, Galatians 3:26).


We believe heaven and hell to be real places, the only places where the immortal souls of men may abide after death. Jesus Christ has paid the price of escape from hell and entrance into heaven. Only as one trusts Him can he claim the sure hope of a heavenly home (John 14:1-6, Luke 16:22,23, Revelation 20:15).


We believe in a personal devil who introduced sin into the universe and has since been the enemy of God, opposing and imitating the works of God. Satan has been defeated at Calvary and will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire (Ezekiel 28:15, I Peter 5:8, II Corinthians 11:14, 15, Revelation 20:10).


We believe the local church is God’s means of government for His own in this age. The Church membership consists of baptized believers in Jesus Christ. All believers should unite with a local church to serve Christ. All agencies seeking to serve Christ should operate in cooperation with the local church. The church is a body of called-out people who should live separated lives (Acts 2:41, Hebrews 10:25, II Corinthians 6:17, Titus 2:14).


Does PRM accept any government assistance?

No. PRM opperates soley on the donations (monetary and usable discards) of its supporters.

How is your staff compensated?

All salaries are set by the Board of Directors.

Our Timeline

Since 1966, Peninsula Rescue Mission has been serving the least, the last, and the lost.  What has transpired since has been nothing short of miraculous in terms of the lives who have been helped, and the hearts who have received God’s love. We look forward expectantly to see this timeline continue for many more years!


The Beginning

The Union Gospel Mission of Norfolk pioneered a homeless shelter ministry in Newport News. Rev. Jim Lindley was God’s man to pioneer this work.



    The ministry incorporated as the Peninsula Rescue Mission, with its own Board of Directors.


    Camp Open Arms begins


    New Facility

    The Rescue Mission occupied its new facility at 3700 Huntington Avenue. This building contains offices, chapel, foodservice, and residence capacity for 32 men.


    Lindsay Poteat called

    Rev. Lindley passed away as a result of a massive heart attack. Rev. Lindsay Poteat was called by the Board to carry on the work.


    Alan DeFriese called

    Mr. Alan DeFriese was called by the Board to become the Assistant Superintendent of the Mission.


    The “Lindley Building”

    Dedicated and occupied a new and additional facility at 314 37th St. in Newport News. The “Lindley Building” houses a clothing and food distribution center, and fifteen additional beds for men on our Overcomers Program.


    New Leadership

    Upon the semi-retirement of Lindsay Poteat (after 30 years of faithful service), the Board of Directors called Alan DeFriese to be the third Executive Superintendent of the Mission. John Twigg was called to be the Assistant Superintendent.


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    Newport News, VA 23607


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    Newport News, VA 23605